Sufjan Stevens ‎– Illinois

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For consistency, please use 'Illinois' as the title of this release, but please note that the cover art reads "Sufjan Stevens invites you to: Come on feel the ILLINOISE".

Although the title 'Illinois' is not supported by RSG §3.1.2 and RSG §3.1.3 (as several users have pointed out in the sub notes and forum), the alternative is dealing with more than one acceptable title via valid application of RSG §3.1.6 after RSG §3.1.2 and RSG §3.1.3. The resulting title would be "Come On Feel The Illinoise", which is neither the intended title nor full title. The intended title simply cannot be refuted based on legitimate external sources, and is thus the only title which can end debate and create a consensus for this Master Release. This is a relatively unique characteristic of this release.

Also, please note that the track titles vary slightly between the CD and vinyl issues for tracks 9, 11, and 17. Track 23 is a vinyl only bonus track.

Tracklist

Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition
Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Jacksonville
A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!
One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman
Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!
Casimir Pulaski Day
To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament, And It Involves Tube Socks, A Paper Airplane, And Twenty-Two Able-Bodied Men
The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
Prairie Fire That Wanders About
A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bloomington-Normal
In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
The Seer's Tower
The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders
Part I: The Great Frontier
Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
The Avalanche

Versions (30)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AKR 014, none Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, Sup) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014, none US 2005 Sell This Version
none Sufjan Stevens Illinois(26xFile, AAC, Album, 256) Asthmatic Kitty Records none US 2005
RTRADLP250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album) Rough Trade RTRADLP250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADLP250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, Sup) Rough Trade RTRADLP250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCD250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE) Rough Trade RTRADCD250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
AKR 014, none Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE, RP) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014, none US 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCD250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, Sup) Rough Trade RTRADCD250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
AKR 014, none Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, Sup) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014, none US 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCDP250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CDr, Album, Promo, Sup) Rough Trade RTRADCDP250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
AKR014 Sufjan Stevens Illinoise(CD, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR014 2005 Sell This Version
AKR014, PCD-23635 Sufjan Stevens Illinoise(CD, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records, P-Vine Records AKR014, PCD-23635 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
RTRADCD250 Sufjan Stevens Illinoise(CD, Album, M/Print, RE) Rough Trade RTRADCD250 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
URA154 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Spunk URA154 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
URA154 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Spunk URA154 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
AKR14 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR14 USA & Canada 2005 Sell This Version
CYCLE 027 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Cycle (2) CYCLE 027 Benelux 2005 Sell This Version
SINCD105 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Sinnamon Records SINCD105 Spain 2005 Sell This Version
URA154 Sufjan Stevens Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise(CD, Album) Spunk URA154 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
AKR 014, none Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, RE) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014, none US 2006 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE, RP) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014 US 2006 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(LP, Album, Red + LP, Album, Gre + Album, Ltd, RP) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014 US 2013 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, MP, RM, IL) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014 US 2015 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, MP, RM, MI) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014 US 2015 Sell This Version
AKR014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, RM, SAE) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR014 US 2015 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois (Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition)(LP, Whi + LP, Blu + 12", Shape, Red + Album, Ltd) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014 US 2016 Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(2xLP, Album, RM, CA) Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014 US 2016 Sell This Version
AKR 014, AKR014CD Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014, AKR014CD US Unknown Sell This Version
AKR 014 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE, RP) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds Familyre AKR 014 US Unknown Sell This Version
RTRADCD250 Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RE, RP) Rough Trade, Asthmatic Kitty Records RTRADCD250 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
AKR 014, AKR014CD Sufjan Stevens Illinois(CD, Album, RP) Asthmatic Kitty Records, Asthmatic Kitty Records AKR 014, AKR014CD US Unknown Sell This Version

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kaspergm

kaspergm

October 24, 2020
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014
I (think) my version is this one, and overall I'm quite pleased with the quality. I don't have trouble with surface noise or pops, and I've made a needle drop of it that sounds perfect. Side 4 is somewhat off-centrered, which I noticed someone complaining about on one of the other remaster versions, but it plays well regardless. I think my version matches this one based on the itching in the dead wax, it says AKR-014-A [then a lot of space] *then something that I can't make out*, but nowhere does it have the RE1 attachment to the code that the other remaster version should have.
D1119

D1119

October 23, 2020
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014

Using the matrix, I matched my version to this (specifically "KPG@CA" in the deadwax was the biggest tip-off). After a first clean, the beginning of all four sides had a little introduction crackle that didn't carry over to the rest of the songs. After another playthrough, there is almost no crackle at all. Perhaps one more clean will do it. Great-sounding record other than that, the vocals sound clear and vibrant and the instruments sound lively. Paid about $23 at a local record store.
drakeh

drakeh

October 11, 2020
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014
Good mastering but there's a lot of surface noise even after cleaning, really suffering during the quiet parts. One of my favorite albums of all time, it's a shame this pressing is pretty bad (but not awful).
yeah_its_gone

yeah_its_gone

July 20, 2020
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014
Anyone have anything to say about the quality of this release?
Chalkers

Chalkers

April 23, 2020
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, Sup, AKR 014, none
Easily Sufjan's crowning achievement. For me Sufjan Stevens is one of those frustrating kind of artists where I greatly admire his creativity and his work ethic, yet I find his music a mixed bag quality-wise. Even stylistically his music covers a lot of ground - again something I genuinely respect the artist for doing. I love the fact that I don't know what kind of music he'll release next! However, I've still yet to feel that same sense of amazement that I felt upon listening to Illinois back in 2005. To be honest, nothing's come close; Carrie and Lowell being probably my second favourite of his. There's something about this album that just blows me away - some songs 'click' straight away, yet other songs are 'growers' - and to top it off, the complete album is certainly far greater than the sum of it's parts. All of those tiny little interludes really do add to the whole album experience and I feel like a part of something 'big' when I'm listening. For me this is an easy contender for one of the greatest albums of the 00's and should rightly be remembered as one of the best within it's genre (whatever that may be...).
dbernath

dbernath

November 4, 2019
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Illinois (Special 10th Anniversary Blue Marvel Edition), LP, Whi + LP, Blu + 12", Shape, Red + Album, Ltd, AKR 014

Awful sounding pressing. The highs are harsh and distorted and the lows lack depth. The overall sound is grainy and fatiguing
PierrickGT

PierrickGT

October 13, 2019
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014
Got this release yesterday but in my case, it seems to be published by Sufjan Stevens Music and not New Jerusalem Music.
jwest1197

jwest1197

August 16, 2019
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, RM, CA, AKR 014
There's something strange with my pressing. I bought it new a couple years ago and the Dead wax resembles this release, but the jacket is more consistent with the 2015 remaster, crediting Alan Douches for Mastering. However, none of the Alan Douches listings I'm seeing match my copies dead wax.
perrinfaerch

perrinfaerch

May 3, 2019
referencing Illinois, 2xLP, Album, Sup, RTRADLP250
If you continue to have bad experiences with the Asthmatic Kitty pressings of this album (my US copy's side 1 sounds atrocious), and you find this Rough Trade copy for a good price, then pounce at the opportunity. My copy sounds phenomenal and quashes the shit sandwich sound that plagues my US copy.